Many houses in New Radnor are 18th-19th century. However, the town hall described in 1562 as ’The Buthall’, which once stood at the junction of Hall Lane and Broad Street, was demolished in the 19th century.
An unusual sight is the circular cross head, about half a metre wide, built into a barn wall on Church Street. It is thought to have originally been part of a grave slab.
The church has a three-stage tower with an ornate Gothic arched doorway at its base.
The latter part of the Middle Ages saw a decline in the town’s prosperity. Leland (c1538) says: “The castle is in ruine. The buildynge of the towne in some parte meatly good, in moste part but rude, many howsys beinge thakyd [thatched]”.
The first castle, built in 1064, was a wooden keep. The stone castle and town were sacked by Owain Glyndwr in 1401, as he fought to unite Wales.
A banked oval enclosure, deep ditches and numerous earthworks are still visible alongside building foundations on the motte, where the castle stood overlooking the town.
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